“If you’re going to kiss a man, let it be a beautiful man like Ed Speleers. I’m not going to demand a beautiful guy. I’d kiss ugly guys as well, but if they’re good looking… it’s a bonus.”
Of the stealing into the room under cover of darkness, he joked, “I don’t know what’s going on in Julian Fellowes’ head, if that’s one of his twisted fantasies.”
He added, “It was a great scene to play - you saw a guy completely bamboozled by O’Brien, because he wanted it to be true so much. You saw that really sensitive, naive side of Thomas, really.”
However, he took issue with the idea that, had Alfred not walked in on them, Jimmy might have responded to Thomas’s advances.
“You can’t do that,” he shouted at an audience member who suggested it. “Walking round kissing people while they’re asleep, that’s illegal. Even if it was Jessica Alba kissing me while I was asleep, I’d be cross. I’d tell her, ‘Hey, I was having a really nice dream back there.’”
Hi, I like you, Anon.
That scene is proving to be my silver lining. (That and Rosamund at a club. So down for that.) But ughh it is Thomas, thank someone somewhere. I’m slightly more relaxed about this plot (even though it’s awful and wow should have been handled in twelve thousand different ways), but Carson seemed sympathetic this episode and in the preview and Thomas has Mrs. Hughes on his side and - He pulled out the chair for her at the beginning and now she’s taking him in from the rain.
This is a beautiful thing. This is a truly beautiful thing.
And gosh, yes, the one merit is that Rob does get to show his acting chops, of which he has many. It’s really such a shame that he doesn’t get recognized to the extent I think he ought to. Thomas and Mary hold the bulk of the emotional plotlines, and both Rob and Michelle do it super wonderfully. (Though this season we’ve had a lot of really great displays of emotion from people like Allen and McGovern too! The majority of the cast is just super on their game and helps to make up where the script is lacking.) Gosh, I that scene just made me very happy? And I feel like maybe we’ll get out of this intact. I hope we do. I really hope we do.
I think I may disagree - O’Brien was the one who hazed Ethel at the beginning of S2 and Thomas perved on Mr. Pamuk without invitation. Arguably, O’Brien thinks she’s setting up Thomas & the new boy for embarrassment not imprisonment. Arguably.
The extent to which these actions are being carried out and the depth and reasoning behind them really isn’t substantial for me. Yes, they’re both capable of these actions and it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility, but everything leading up to it isn’t making sense.
Thomas was extremely forward with Pamuk, but that ended up with him being forced to lead Pamuk to Mary’s bedroom (something that did make him uncomfortable) and then the discovery of Pamuk’s dead body (something that made him really nervous and uncomfortable). He’s forward often, but he’s not stupid. He really shouldn’t be this blind to the fact that Jimmy is being uncomfortable around him. Also like flirting with someone while their awake is really different from creeping into their bedroom and stroking their sleeping face. That’s a level of audshf that really isn’t in Thomas. And much, much left after you factor in season one, which you’d expect would have shook Thomas and taught him to be more careful.
Also the fact that he’s trusting O’Brien on this is just bizarre?
Also, hazing Ethel for making a few jabs at her is completely different than setting up Thomas to be outed. O’Brien isn’t Bates’ biggest fan, but she was majorly rattled after the trial. It doesn’t make sense for her to be setting up her (former) best friend to face the same consequences. She wouldn’t do that. Not unless she was more severely threatened, angry, and not thinking about it. (See: soapgate, which was a purely emotional reaction that had plenty of unintended consequences and hell of a lot of guilt.) It doesn’t make sense for this to be a calculated move on her part. That she’s been biding her time and playing towards it. That doesn’t make sense based on who O’Brien is and how, when you are in her corner, she will tear her own arm off for you, really.
Like, the crucial element missing from this is a) any sort of build up in their scrimmages (it was there for one episode and then it was gone??) b) more concrete examples of the closeness between Alfred and Sarah and really just c) Sarah O’Brien existing as a human being on this show and not as some sort of dark agent of Satan she’s been diluted to this season.
Also this entire plot is just really gross and a bad idea on a whole and god, just give Thomas mutual love and Sarah O’Brien some fucking lines that recognize both of them as the complex characters they are/can be. They’re not villains. They’re embittered, but they’re not this bizarre black and white entities of evil.
Edit: Also Jimmy explicitly stated he’d go to the police to make Thomas stop last episode, so the fact that Sarah’s still going through with this knowing that is just no. Stop. This isn’t you.